Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Hey kids!

Nothing. I just always wanted to use that title for a post.

So what's up with you? Me, not much. I lost another half-brown, half-white hair today and I am seriously reconsidering my prior resolve not to colour. I mean, when you're twenty-seven and you have three white hairs, that's one thing; but when you're staring twenty-nine in the face and have increasingly prominent white streaks in your crowning glory, it's quite another.

How's this for surreal? So I'm sitting at the circulation desk today, thinking about corporate jargon - you know, "leveraging", "the granular level", "best practices", "core competencies" "value-add", "operationalize", "actionable", "disintermediated" and my personal favourite, "going forward" (famously employed by a former roommate who fancied herself a future CEO: "Going forward on the issue of the towels on the bathroom floor") -I'm sitting there, thinking, "Gawd, what a load of bovine scatology", when I start to check in some "information resources" (otherwise known as "books"). And the title of the first book is, get this - I am so not making this up:

Leveraging Communities of Practice for Strategic Advantage.

Is it bad that I laughed? Probably. But I couldn't help myself. It's like back in my undergrad days when I laughed myself silly over the following fragment, gleaned from a volume of literary criticsm on Jane Eyre I stumbled upon in the Concordia University library system:

"...self-referential historiographic metaficition in the procrustean realist tradition..."

Let me tell you something: the only granular level I want to encounter is at the bottom of a coffee cup, and the best practice is the one that works, so shut up and get to fixin', before I disintermediate your face.

I'm sure we're all on the same page.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


I've been pulling 11, 12-hour days all week so not much time to post. I'm on lunch break now. I just ate a huge, ginormous slice of chocolate-banana cake and I probably shouldn't have because now I'm obsessing about how many calories were in it. Probably around 300. I can't eat like this anymore! I haven't been running in weeks, due to my poor health/crazy schedule.

One more week of this and then I can breathe. It's this course I'm taking - that and the bloody commute in the rain and snow which takes more than an hour, sometimes two. I get home at 7 or 8 and feel positively antisocial.

Yeah, I don't have a lot to say right now. My sore throat persists to this day - not as sore, some days worse than others, but I'm too busy to care about it much.

How's by you?